Taylors Hill Sheddies’ gifting handmade toys to foster kids

Published on 13 July 2017

Members of the Taylors Hill Men’s Shed have been hard at work creating handcrafted, wooden toys for babies, children and young people living in foster care, as part of a partnership between Melton City Council and Salvation Army Westcare.

The colourful toys, which include trains, push-along carts, mini furniture and pull-along animals, are delivered to children in foster care homes across Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The Sheddies are also working on doll houses and mini wooden kitchens, which will be ready for delivery in coming weeks.

Mayor of the City of Melton, Cr Sophie Ramsey, said it was a joy to support a project that brought smiles to so many faces.

“Initiatives like this aren’t only important to the children receiving these beautiful toys, but also to the members of our Men’s Shed who relish the opportunity to give something back to their community,” the Mayor said.

“This partnership has given our members a real sense of purpose, and they’re thrilled to know that their gifts are going to children and young people who will cherish and enjoy them for years to come.”

Captain Robert Champion, Westcare’s Chaplain, who played a key role in setting up the partnership, said he was thankful to Council, and the members of the Taylors Hill Men’s Shed, for their generosity.

“I knew the men were looking at giving back to the community, so I approached Council and the Sheddies suggested making toys for the children we care for,” Captain Champion said.

“These beautiful wooden toys will bring a lot of joy to many of our babies and children who are away from their families this winter.”

The City of Melton is home to two Men’s Sheds, in Melton and Taylors Hill. To find out more about how to get involved, call 9747 7200, email mensshed@melton.vic.gov.au or visit www.melton.vic.gov.au/mensshed

To find out more about Salvation Army Westcare, visit www.salvationarmy.org.au/westcare